Report: Jennifer Lopez Returning to ‘Idol’

Jennifer Lopez performs on American Idol (Frank Micelotta/FOX)

Last week we saw stories that “American Idol” producers were courting Jennifer Lopez to return to the show and replace Mariah Carey. Now it appears that Lopez is indeed going to return. So what, exactly, does that mean for Mariah?

Mariah is seemingly safe for now. E! News reports that former ‘Idol’ judge Lopez will only come back for the show’s finale next month, where she will perform on either May 15 and 16.

That said, with “Idol” slipping in the ratings this season, the consensus is that a judging makeover is once again in the cards for the Fox series.

“There will definitely be changes to the judging panel for next season,” a source told E! News last week. “Fox thought the Nicki-Mariah contrast would make for ratings, but there is concern it is like nails on [a] chalkboard for middle-America viewers.”

Stay tuned as the off-season could be a wild ride.

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